3750, PRAIRIE DOG 10.5"H are anatomically scaled to create the best reproduction of the life size stuffed animal and the most realistic stuffed animal in the industry.
The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus ) is a rodent of the family Sciuridae found in the Great Plains of North America from about the United States-Canada border to the United States-Mexico border. Unlike some other prairie dogs, these animals do not truly hibernate. The black-tailed prairie dog can be seen above ground in midwinter. A black-tailed prairie dog town in Texas was reported to cover 25,000 sq mi (64,000 km2) and included 400,000,000 individuals. Prior to habitat destruction, the species may have been the most abundant prairie dog in central North America. It was one of two prairie dogs described by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the journals and diaries of their expedition.
Prairie dogs are named for the dog-like yip they make. In fact, they are fairly big, stout, ground-dwelling squirrels. Black-tailed prairie dogs are generally pinkish-brown to tan on their upperparts and buff to whitish on their lower parts. Their name comes from the distinctive black tip on their short tail. The color of their coat varies slightly as the seasons change, their body hair tipped with black in winter and white in summer. There are no other significant characteristics that separate the genders, although males are usually heavier than females.
- Black-tailed prairie dogs make 12 distinct calls, including calls to indicate the presence of predators. Their conspicuous "jump-yip" call entails an individual stretching to its full height on its hind legs, then throwing its forefeet into the air while it calls. All the prairie dogs that hear this cry scuttle into their burrows to be safe.
- Once emerged from their burrows, but before the end of lactation, some pups will nurse from female prairie dogs other than their mother, in what is called ‘cooperative breeding’.
- Black-tailed prairie dogs can go without drinking water because they get all the moisture that they need from the moist, leafy foods that they eat.
- The biggest ever Black-tailed prairie dogs’ town recorded was in Texas, covering 65,000 sq. km where an estimated 400 million animals lived.
- The five species of prairie dog all belong to the squirrel or Scuiridae family. Other their biological relatives are groundhogs, chipmunks, woodchucks, and marmots.
- Prairie dog towns have different rooms for nurseries, for eating, sleeping, and even toilets.
- Regular activities for prairie dogs are grooming, hugging, and kissing.
Product Dimension: 5.90(L) X 5.90(W) X 10.63(H)
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